Friday, January 29th
Austin guitarist Dickie Lee Erwin’s music is steeped in Austin’s musical history, as his talent has been well known in the Austin music scene since the 1970’s when he was performing with a plethora of different bands. After discovering a desire to go out on his own, he began a successful solo career which has been going since the 1980’s. With his last album Swan being released in 2009, one of our town’s best is back in full swing and hopefully ready to introduce fans to some new music. You can catch him taking over the stage of Austin Beer Garden and Brewery this weekend, as you kick off your Friday night with some great country music.
Known for their 1970’s hit “Celebration” Kool and The Gang are ready to break out the disco balls and take you back in time for their performance at ACL Live this weekend. While their hit song has become staple at parties, weddings, and bar mitzvah’s, there is no denying that the band can work a crowd of longtime fans, even though it has been years since their initial success. For anyone old enough to remember the bands most relevant period, they will have nothing but a great time as they listen to the funky jams of one of the biggest groups of the 1970’s.
Soulful and flawless, Austin native Jackie Venson will be performing at the popular Austin eatery Flying Saucer this weekend. If you aren’t familiar with Jackie and her voice, you will want to listen to more of her songs after hearing her perform. The daughter of a longtime Austin musician, it’s obvious from listening to Jackie that she has music and the Lonestar State running through her veins, as she sings with a passion that reflects her enthusiasm for her songs. You can listen to the track “Texas Night” below to get a feel for her smooth and smoky vocals, along with getting a sense of Jackie’s easygoing musical style.
The all female band Sailor Poon is something else entirely. With hints of the 80’s and indie rock as influences, the band who is based here in Austin, have an interesting sound with a front woman who prefers loud spoken word to actually singing lyrics, which gives the group an interesting angle and edge to their tunes. While Sailor Poons unusual songs will not be for everyone, anyone looking for a band that marches to the beat of their own drummer will be pleasantly surprised at their abilities.